Lights at Lee Square | 2021 Design Competition

Share how you envision the community to THRIVE TOGETHER for a chance to win a cash prize and have your design light up Lee Square!

The deadline to enter is December 28, 2021. ENTER NOW!


The second annual Lights at Lee Square Design Competition is open for original art or animation entries. If you missed last year’s competition, What Lights You Up?, this is your chance to express your creativity and have your art on display in the public realm for all to admire!  

The winning designs will be selected by a judging panel and projected onto Money and Raymond M.C. Lee Square at UBC Vancouver campus. Lights at Lee Square features a permanently installed, overhead projection system that illuminates the ground outside of the UBC Bookstore with themed animation year round.

All winter long, stop by Lee Square after dusk to check out the winning and honourable mention entries from last year’s What Lights You Up? design competition. 

This Year's Theme - Thrive Together

We invite you to create a design that inspires our community to Thrive Together, a theme that acknowledges the tough times from this year that have impacted the mental health of our community, and the experiences unique to each individual. This theme ties into Thrive at UBC, a time when we come together as a community to learn about, talk about, and explore ways to support our mental health and make it a year round pursuit. 

You may find the following prompts useful to kickstart your creativity:

  • We all have mental health, and while it might look and feel different for each of us, we all benefit from maintaining and fostering it. How do you Thrive?
  • The Thrive 5+ are some of many ways to promote a healthy mind. How can your design help others explore ways to Thrive?
  • What do you want to share with others who are experiencing challenging times?
  • How can our community collectively support one another in learning to Thrive?
  • How can your design brighten someone else's day? What brightens your day?

Eligibility & Entry Tiers

This competition welcomes submissions from individuals of all ages and skill levels.

One entry per person. A group of two may submit one entry, as long as both members meet the criteria of the selected entry tier and agree to share the prize. 

There are three entry tiers with varying eligibility, design format and cash prizes. Entrants will determine which tier they are eligible for and select one tier to enter their design into. The tiers and cash prize amounts are:

Children & Youth - $100 cash prize

  • Open to those under 18 years-old, currently living in the UNA, Acadia Park or Musqueam
  • Draw, paint or digitally create a non-animated artwork following the technical specifications outlined in the guidelines

UBC Students – $200 cash prize

  • Open only to current student at UBC Vancouver campus in the Winter 2021 or 2022 session.
  • Draw, paint or digitally create a non-animated artwork/design following the technical specifications outlined in the guidelines *If you are a student and would like to submit an animated entry, please enter the Animators category.

Animators – $300 cash prize

  • Open to all current students, faculty, staff, residents or alumni members at UBC Vancouver, Robson Square, Centre for Digital Media
  • Create an animated artwork/design following the technical specifications outlined in the guidelines

Design Guidelines


  • Original submissions only (no logos please).
  • The artwork/design should not fill the entire boundary.
  • The artwork/design should be discernible from any angle.
  • You may hand draw or use digital software to create your design. Please review the specifications for each method:

If hand drawn:

  • The design should be drawn on a white piece of paper or using this optional provided template.  
  • Please note, the white background of the drawing will be digitally removed when projected.
  • Photograph or scan the hand drawing. Please ensure that the photograph or scan is evenly illuminated with no shadows appearing on the image.
  • The drawn design will be resized to fit a resolution of 1920 x 1080 when projected.

If using digital software:

  • Resolution 1920 x 1080
  • The design should comprise of objects on a transparent or white background

If an animated video:

  • Resolution 1920 x 1080
  • Format MP4 Video
  • FPS 24

Judging Criteria

Entries will be evaluated by a panel of at least six judges, made up of past winners, UBC Students, and C+CP staff. Judges will be evaluating designs based on: 

  • How well does the design connect with the theme?
  • How well could others connect with it?
  • How well does the design utilize the medium?
  • Is the design clear?
  • Is it original?

Submit your entry

Ready to enter? Complete the online form, including your submission file or a link to your submission (i.e. Google Drive or Youtube link, or other social media / file sharing platform of your choice).

Please also include a short (150 word max) description about your design and the inspiration behind your work.

The deadline to enter is December 28, 2021 11:59pm (PST).

Winners will be announced in late January 2022. 




If you would like to update your entry or have any questions about this competition, please email: